What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Being in a car accident is a scary, painful, and confusing experience. It can be difficult to know what to do or who to talk to. However, there are certain steps that you should take after a car accident to protect your health and your legal claims. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of highly rated legal professionals has helped many clients involved in car accidents protect their claims and navigate the complex legal system after a crash. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your case with one of our Nashville car accident lawyers.
Check for Injuries
If possible, the first thing that you should do after an accident is check yourself and others for injuries. If it is clear that someone is in need of medical attention, call 911 immediately and report the crash. Even if no one reports any injuries at the scene, the next step is still critically important for your case.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The next step after a car accident is to seek immediate medical attention. This is important for two reasons. First, a healthcare professional is able to diagnose and begin treatment of any injuries right away, including any injuries that might not be noticed right away like internal bleeding. Second, getting immediate medical treatment establishes a contemporaneous record of your injuries right after the accident. This documentation can be important evidence in a later legal case for compensation.
Gather Evidence from the Scene
If possible, gather evidence from the scene of the accident. This includes the contact and insurance information of the other driver involved along with the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. Take photos and videos of the scene and the damage caused by the crash. When police arrive, request a copy of the accident report as all of this evidence may be used in a later legal case.
Keep a Record
In the days, weeks, and months after the accident keep a record of your healing and progress. Maintain records and receipts of all expenses associated with your accident, including all medical bills and property replacement as well as a daily journal of your physical progress during your rehabilitation. These records are incredibly helpful in establishing the economic and noneconomic damages caused by the accident in calculating your overall compensation.
Hire a Skilled Attorney
Finally, talk to an experienced lawyer in Tennessee car accident cases about representing your claims after your accident. You need an experienced attorney to manage negotiations with insurance companies and to make the best possible arguments for your case in court. Let your attorney handle the legal case so that you can focus on what is most important – your recovery.
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